Conservation

Weissman Center Photograph Preservation Program

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. Caring for Your Photographs.
Part of the Caring for Your Treasures online series of brochures from AIC.

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. Saving Photographs after the Flood.
One of the Disaster Response and Recovery online publications from AIC. 

Library of Congress. Caring for Your Photographs
This page provides links to five online publications, including the short handout Caring for Your Photographic Collections, which offers information on preventing deterioration, handling, and storage of photographic materials. Other publications provide more in depth information on photograph preservation, standards, resources, and storage supplies.

Image Permanence Institute.  Resources
Offers a wealth of scientific research, practical tools, downloads, and preservation information related to photographs and other images for libraries, archives, museums, and the public (e.g. “The Archival Advisor: IPI’s Guide for the Family Photo Collector, the Genealogist, and the Scrapbook Maker”). 

Image Permanence Institute. Digital Sample Book
A work in progress that provides comparisons of pre-photographic prints, 19th century photographic and photomechanical prints, 20th century gelatin silver prints, color photographic prints, and digital prints.

National Park Service. Conserve O Grams
Leaflets from the National Park Service related to photographs include: Making Mounting Corners for Photographs and Paper Objects, Storage Enclosures for Photographic Prints and Negatives, Chronology of Photographic Processes, Caring for Photographs: General Guidelines, Caring for Photographs: Special Formats, Caring for Color Photographs, Caring for Photographs: Special Monochrome Processes, Caring for Cellulose Nitrate Film, and Identification of Film-Base Photographic Materials.

Northeast Document Conservation Center. Care of Photographs by Gary Albright and Monique Fischer.
Two photograph conservators offer information on specific storage needs and controlling the external factors that cause photographs to deteriorate.

Wilhelm Imaging Research
Co-founded by Henry Wilhelm, who was a founding member of the Photographic Materials Group of the American Institute for Conservation, Wilhelm Imaging Research conducts research on the stability and preservation of traditional and digital color photographs. He has published his findings and digital print permanence ratings in numerous articles, all available on this site. 

Minnesota Historical Society. “Ask an Expert: Preserving Your Photographs: Windows to the Past” (PDF)
A public service article in a question-and-answer format distributed in 1994 by the Conservation Outreach Program of the Minnesota Historical Society.

 

From Harvard Collections